Elderly Man, Local Business Lose Combined $1 Million in Separate Scams

By: News Email
By: News Email

A local elderly man loses almost $1 million in a scam.

Now Washington County authorities are issuing a warning to everyone to be careful.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says the man was told he had won a lottery prize of $9 million.

But it was a scam.

The scammers told the victim to box up cash and ship it to New York City to cover fees associated with the prize.

Investigators say he sent more than $750,000 and it ended up overseas.

In a separate scam case in Washington County, the sheriff says a local business was contacted by someone claiming to be from the IRS.

The caller told the business owner he owed $6,800.

Then, just hours later, the business owner received a call from someone claiming to be a Washington County Deputy.

"And what they had done had spoofed our phone - I mean ours, the sheriff's office - so the caller ID showed a call coming from 376-7070 and there was a person on there who said he was a deputy sheriff and that he had paid too late and that he owed another $4,500," says Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Sheriff Mincks says the caller demanded that the money be paid with a pre-paid Green Dot Card.

The business ended up losing $11,000.

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